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Dahl49
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roth conversion

Post by Dahl49 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:29 am

Is there a Vanguard roth conversion calculator I can use? Or another one that is available?

thank you

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Re: roth conversion

Post by curmudgeon » Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:17 pm

Dahl49 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:29 am
Is there a Vanguard roth conversion calculator I can use? Or another one that is available?

thank you
What are you trying to calculate? Current taxes? Potential future value? There have been a number of discussion threads here in the past.

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Re: roth conversion

Post by Vanguard Fan 1367 » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:01 pm

Dahl49 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:29 am
Is there a Vanguard roth conversion calculator I can use? Or another one that is available?

thank you
I am looking for some Roth information and got referred from the Wiki to Vanguard for a calculator that may have been removed. I couldn't find it.
There have been some changes with the Roth information and Vanguard says that they are working on updating their information.

I also am wondering if there is a good calculator to see if Roth Conversion makes sense in my situation. Would it be something to do to post my information and have the Bogleheads weigh in on what they think?

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Re: roth conversion

Post by FiveK » Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:04 pm

Vanguard Fan 1367 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:01 pm
...to see if Roth Conversion makes sense in my situation.
It usually boils down to the marginal tax rate you would pay to convert now, vs. what you expect the marginal tax rate would be if you convert later.

See Traditional versus Roth - Bogleheads for details.

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Re: roth conversion

Post by Vanguard Fan 1367 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:21 am

FiveK wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:04 pm
Vanguard Fan 1367 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 5:01 pm
...to see if Roth Conversion makes sense in my situation.
It usually boils down to the marginal tax rate you would pay to convert now, vs. what you expect the marginal tax rate would be if you convert later.

See Traditional versus Roth - Bogleheads for details.
I am in a situation where I am 67 and not taking Social Security till 70. I retired in October so my income isn't very high now. Thanks for the suggestion on the marginal tax rate. I need to see what sort of RMD's I will be looking at when I turn 72. I have been a good squirrel and saved in my tax deferred accounts. So probably it would be a good idea to do some sort of conversion.

Thanks for the input.

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Re: roth conversion

Post by Retiredron » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:04 pm

I recommend you create a simple spreadsheet looking at your estimated taxable income now through your mid 70s to understand where your tax rates will be. Also note that if you can't pay the conversion tax from your taxable assets Roth conversions probably don't make sense for most. You also have to assess impact on your Medicare premiums, if any.

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Re: roth conversion

Post by FiveK » Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:15 pm

Retiredron wrote:
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:04 pm
...if you can't pay the conversion tax from your taxable assets....
That becomes the Simplest situation to analyze.

If one does pay the conversion tax from cash on hand, see the first of the "More complicated situations" immediately following the above link: in that case, a Roth conversion may be more favorable than otherwise.

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Re: roth conversion

Post by Vanguard Fan 1367 » Wed Mar 25, 2020 10:21 pm

Dahl49 wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 11:29 am
Is there a Vanguard roth conversion calculator I can use? Or another one that is available?

thank you
https://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Retiree_Portfolio_Model

I downloaded the calculator but haven't taken the time to learn how to use it.

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